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31 Days of Howl-oween: Day 08 – Creepshow 2

08 Oct

Sitting down in front of the cabinet television set in the downstairs family room on the lime green couch atop the brown shag carpeting in the three story white home with the large backyard eating our fresh popped popcorn in a large paper bag with the cheese flavored salt added by dad and the town club lime soda.  What memories!  Of course, that location and setting has nothing to do with today’s film.  That would be the tiny front living room on the 27″ Zenith with the microwave popcorn and the Faygo Rock and Rye.  Earlier that day, my mother had picked us up from school, as she did every day hitherto.  Unbeknownst to her, from that cold dark night forward, she would forever hear the haunting words of the film we sat to watch that night each and every time she would pick us up from our three different schools.

Today’s entry was due to the success of the first film, and proved to be the first in what would turn to be either produced or rumored to be produced (Movieweb.com article) and (HorrorAbout.com article) and (DVDtalk.com article) films in a franchise.  Does that necessarily mean that is was deserving of such fanfare?

With that, I give you today’s film…

31 Days of Howl-oween

A Review of Films Filled with Frights

Day 8


Film #08


~ Creepshow 2 ~

Director:  Michael Gornick
Year:  1987
Cast:  Domenick John, Tom Savini, George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Tom Wright
Language:  English
Country:  English
Specs:  92 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85:1 / MPAA Rating: R

An anthology film that revolves around young Billy and the stories contained within his horror comic titled “Creepshow”.  A storefront cigar Indian statue comes to life to avenge the murder of his owner, a group of teens take a swim in a lake inhabited by a very hungry creature in the form of an oil spill ooze, and an adulterous woman inadvertently hits a lone hitchhiker and decides to drive away.  However, the hitchhiker is too keen on preventing the woman from escaping.

This sequel to the 1982 film comes across as a cheap imitation to other anthologies of its ilk.  The acting is stilted, the stories are rather juvenile and pedestrian, and the runtime is short (in this case, thankfully!).  The makeup job on The Creep is amazing, and the deterioration of the hitchhiker is impressive, but sadly it can’t rescue this film from the sludge.

As with another film from my childhood (“Mr. Boogedy”), this film held a special place in my and my siblings hearts.  A favorite saying of ours for many years was that of the hapless hitchhiker:  “Thanks for the ride, lady”.  Sadly, that is still the most memorable aspect to this otherwise forgettable entry in the horror anthology genre.

No thanks for the ride, lady…

My Rating:  ** / D+

Available on Amazon: Creepshow 2 (Divimax Edition)

Stay tuned…

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